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18/10/2013 11:06 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

Parents Who 'Sold' Chinese Baby To Buy iPhone Face Human Trafficking Charges

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The couple accepted money for their baby and bought an iPhone (file picture)

A Chinese couple have been arrested after "selling" their baby daughter and using part of the proceeds to buy an iPhone.

The pair, named only as Mr Teng and Ms Zhang, posted online adverts for the baby in June, Shanghai's Jiefang Daily newspaper reported.

While it is not know how much they received, the adverts asked for between 30,000 and 50,000 yuan (£3,000 - £5,000).

Following the birth, the baby girl was handed over and money changed hands.

Investigators found the cash was spent on an iPhone, "high-end sports shoes and other products", the South China Morning Press reports.

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Though the parents insisted to police they merely wanted their baby to have a better upbringing that they could afford, they are facing charges of human trafficking.

"We did not give the baby away for money but in order to give it more security," The Telegraph quotes them as saying.

Last year five people in southern China were charged with intentional injury in the case of a teenager who sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and an iPad, the government-run Xinhua News Agency said.